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- each and every student;
- a strong public education system;
- a partnership of students, schools, family and community;
- the commitment and skills of our staff;
- equity, innovation, accountability and accessibility; and
- learning environments that are safe, nurturing, positive and respectful.
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Unfortunately, due to a very low parent response, the presentation Social Media, Children and You has been postponed to a future date.
The School Council will notify you when a new date is arranged.
The students are off to a great start this year in Music. The Grade 3 students were very excited to receive their new recorders and can already play several songs. The students in Grades 6-8 are making good progress on their guitars. Mr. Brown has started a Guitar Club after school on Mondays for those students who would like extra time to practise their new skills. Our after-school choirs have been hard at work preparing for Remembrance Day performances. With over 90 students at Danforth Gardens now involved in choir, they are producing a resonant, beautiful sound!
This year, we are pleased to announce that our school is mounting a production of Annie. Annie is one of the most popular musical theatre productions ever produced on Broadway. Students in Grades 1-8 who love to sing, dance, and act will have the opportunity to audition to be part of this exciting project. Audition workshops for Drama and Dance will take place November 12-14, with actual auditions starting on Monday, November 18. All auditions will take place over the lunch hour and will be run by a team of teachers. The final cast selection and meeting with parents will take place in early December so that we can start rehearsals in January. Performances will take place in the first week of May. This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the creativity and culture of collaboration at our school.
We had an awesome turn out for cross country with many students participating in the Brock Gordon meet and the TDESSA TDSB meets. 8 students made it to the East Conference Finals at Thomson Park on October 18. Jesse, Danish, Reese, Martial, Joshua, Silva, Ameen and Sophiat represented our school with pride and we are very proud of the determination and hard work. Thank you to Ms. Valentine, Ms. Fenty and Ms. Berend for coaching the team. Of special note; Reese Britton finished in first place in his race. Way to Go Reese!
Danforth Gardens Public school is proud to announce the upcoming Scholastic Book Fair!
It starts Oct 7th to Oct 10th.
Each class will have the opportunity to come to the book fair during their regularly scheduled library time.
Parents and guadians are welcome to come after school until 4:30 pm. Happy reading.
Primary Literacy Night
Our October Family Literacy Night was a great success. Students and their families enjoyed bedtime stories and learned strategies for reading to and with children. Special thanks to Yameen and Joyce!
Moon Cakes and Healthy Snacks
ESL students celebrated the Chinese Moon Festival (八月節) on September 20th with mooncakes filled with red bean paste or white lotus seeds. The moon festival is a celebration of the fall harvest and full moon (which falls on the 8th lunar month).
Parents and students in Portable 3 have replaced cookies, crackers and chips for more healthful snacks such as fruits and vegetables, (with the exception of the occasional moon cake).
Curriculum Night and BBQ
On Thursday, September 5 the school welcomed everyone out in the evening for a BBQ and a chance to meet the teachers. Around 400 parents and students came out and enjoyed a hot dog or two and a drink courtesy of the school and made by the staff. After mingling outside in the sunshine we went insde to hear from teachers about grade curriculum and assessment. It was a fun and informative evening.
After two years of growing her hair, Thivesha decided it was time to cut it off. Not for style but for a great cause. She decided to have it cut and donated to Pantene Beautiful Lengths, a charity that collects hair to make wigs for cancer patients. Five year old Thivesha had a total of 15 inches cut off in front of the students and parents at our Character Education Assembly highlighting perserverance. Asked why she decided to have it cut she replied "Because it is a good thing to do" Thank you, Thivesha for reminding us all what character development really looks like.
Grade 5 Badminton Club
Grade 5 Badminton Club meets weekly with Mr. Judelman and Mrs. Berend to practice the skills and techniques of Badminton in a co-operative , dynamic, active learning environment. Grade 5 student and club member, Fahmid Hasan outlines how to play badminton in the following way:
The goal is to try to get the most points to win. The rules are when you hit the birdie, make sure it does not go over the boundaries. If you do, it is the opponents point. If the birdie hits the net, it is the opponent's point. If the opponent hits the birdie and it lands on your side it is the opponents point. If you hit the birdie and it goes under the net, it is the opponents point.
When you serve, put the racquet under the birdie so you can hit the birdie over the net. When the opponent hits it back to you, hit it back. To do that, put your racquet under the birdie if it is low, and put the racquet higher, not over the birdie, if the birdie is high. Repeat these steps and that is how you play. Enjoy !
Grade 1 Storytelling Club
Grade 1 Storytelling Club meets weekly in the library with Mr. Judelman and Ms. Sara to exchange wonderful stories with each other. Club members are assisted by Grade 2 students who help the Grade Ones to gain confidence in communication, reading and writing skills. Club members listen to stories, prepare written notes and act out their favourite parts. Through role play and movement, students gain literacy skills in an active, co-operative learning environment. Stories include, We Are Going on a Bear Hunt and Scaredy Squirrel.
Music at Danforth Gardens
In Music class, all students in Kindergarten through Grade 8 are currently enjoying the opportunity to learn about the culture and traditional music of Ghana. On May 26, our school received a kit of African percussion instruments on loan from the TDSB Music Department for two months. This kit includes kpanlogo drums, gankogui, axatse, fretsiwa, and tokei. Mrs. Reschny has been working with Mr. Kwasi Dunyo, a Ghanian Drummer and well-known music educator, to deliver this program. Mr. Dunyo will also work with our students at Danforth Gardens on April 22, April 29, and May 21. This experience will culminate with a performance from our students at a special assembly on May 21
Scientists in the Schools Program
Scientist in the Schools Slideshow
It was the day of March 5, 2013, when scientist Andrea Todd paid a visit to Danforth Gardens. The topic of discussion was structures.
First of all, she made us build a sightseeing tower; the challenge was that we had to do it in four minutes, with only five pieces of newspaper! The tower had to resist the forces that acted on our tables. Then, we tried to balance a Popsicle stick on our fingers using only a pipe cleaner and two paperclips. The purpose of this was to teach us that the center of gravity is always near to the ground. (There were only three ways to do this).
After that, scientist Andrea made us do a challenge called the “Construction Challenge”. Our objective was to create a structure that could bear the weight of thin geography textbooks.
We were marked on teamwork, design, the material we used,
( if we used more than what was given, one mark was deducted ) . After the structures were built, we calculated how many points each team had. The winning team was called team hurricane. They had 41.5 points in total. We really enjoyed building structures with scientist Andrea Todd. We hope that she comes to our school again.
By: Shreela.T, Emma.R and Emily.T
Rm. 213 Performs at Recognition Assembly!!
Grade 8 Performance
The presentations were so much fun! Thanks to the Earth Rangers for entertaining us and teaching us so much about endangered animals! We loved meeting Phoenix the Harris Hawk, Timber the Pine Marten, Dora the Lizard and last but not least that beautiful Peregrine Falcon! Here are some pictures and videos from our day!
Here are some videos. The first one is of Dora the Tegu Lizard: Watch Dora!
And here's Phoenix the Harris Hawk flying! Watch Phoenix! Watch Phoenix Again!
And finally, the adorable Timber the Pine Marten! Watch Timber!
September 27, 2012: Terry Fox Walk here at Danforth Gardens!
Terry Fox was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and raised in British Columbia. He was an active teenager involved in many sports. At only 18 years old, he was diagnosed with bone cancer. While in hospital, Terry was so overcome by the suffering of other cancer patients that he decided to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research. He called his journey the Marathon of Hope. Along with most other Canadian schools, Danforth Gardens will be honouring Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope. In keeping Terry’s dream alive, we are encouraging students to bring in their loonies’ and toonies for Terry. All money raised by this event will be donated to the Terry Fox Foundation. As Terry said in 1980: “if you’ve given a dollar, you’re part of the marathon of hope”.